Monday, May 2, 2016

Book Review - The Magnolia Duchess


As the War of 1812 rages across the newly formed United States, another war rages in Fiona Lanier's heart--one that threatens to tear her family apart.

 Fiona can scarcely take in the news of her brother's capture and imprisonment by the British Navy. It is almost as unbelievable as the half-drowned British sailor who is washed ashore on the beach of Navy Cove.

 Charlie Kincaid claims to have no memory of his life before being discovered by Fiona, but in a world that seems saturated with treachery, she cannot be sure he is telling the truth.
 As Charlie's memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political allegiances collide, they'll each have to decide where their true loyalty lies


Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers' Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. Learn more at


This book grabbed my attention from the first page and just never let go! I really loved the historical setting of this book, especially since I haven't really ever read a novel set in this period, and the interesting and compelling way the author brought this time alive.

I have not read the first two books in the "Gulf Coast Chronicles" but I did not have any trouble getting into this story or being confused in anyway about the story line or characters.

Fiona is grieving the fact that her brother has been taken captive by the British and no more has she been thinking this than she finds someone washed up on the beach. To her shock she knows this man - a Brit whom she met while visiting England a few years ago. Charlie has no memory of his life before being found by Fiona and does not remember ever meeting her or her family.

The situation is complicated because the Americans are fighting the British and we see a lot of heated situations regarding Charlie being there. It was interesting to get to know Fiona's extended family and their reactions to the war and all that was happening.The area they live in is highly sought after by all forces and that makes for an exciting story, too.

If you don't like knowing historical facts in your novels you may not enjoy this quite as much but for me it was a treat! I loved all the little tidbits the author shared so we could truly understand the times our characters lived in. I love the loyalty to America that these Americans had for their country (boy, would I love to see that these days!) and their real belief that dreams are possible here.

I had a hard time putting this book down and just enjoyed it thoroughly from cover to cover. I will definitely be getting the first two books to read because I enjoyed this story so much. I give this book 5 stars!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads

Blessings - Julie

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